Innovation in Education (1415P23)

Status: Lapsed | Zone: Education

Passed: 16/02/2016 | Lapsed: 13/05/2015

This policy was discussed at the following meetings:

  • That the University’s Enhancement Theme for 2013 and 2014 was “Assessment and Feedback”
  • That the University’s Enhancement Theme for 2015 is currently “Technology Enhanced Learning”
  • The recent QAA review which has increased staff willingness to listen to students about issues and suggestions around their programmes and educational experience.
  • That our members absorb much more debt than they did previously for their education.
  • That the Academic Student Representatives (hereinafter referred to as ‘ASRs’ for brevity) are ideally placed to encourage change in the design of programmes and modules.
  • That methods such as those pioneered by ILIaD, the iChamps, the Feedback Champions, and other projects and sources of innovation in the University can improve the quality and value of programmes for our members.
  • That Education Zone does not currently have a formal direction in terms of how we approach lobbying the University, and this policy is an ideal start.
  • That a Students’ Union ought to continually strive to ensure our members receive a world class education.
  • To encourage ASRs to push for innovation where it is appropriate, through their various channels, meetings and other activities.
  • To create a method of frequent communication at a local level with students on what they feel is missing from their curricula and what can be done to improve it.
  • To attempt to engage with the aforementioned projects and sources of innovation to lend the student voice to these discussions and determine how we can popularise their ideas amongst academics.
  • To ensure that Education Zone is itself constantly evaluating new ideas and approaches to ensure we are lobbying for changes that are worthwhile and allow our members to learn most effectively during their time at the University.
  • That the VP Education lead on this project.
  • That the first instance of the survey should identify gaps or opportunities for enhancing learning through technology and innovation.
  • That subsequent annual surveys should further inform our lobbying efforts to ensure students’ needs around innovation and technology in their learning are addressed and implemented in cooperation with the University.
  • That Education Zone shall act in the spirit of this policy whenever possible and appropriate.
  • That the VP Education will make an annual report to Education Zone, Union Council and AQSC on Education Zone’s progress in enhancing learning through lobbying and involvement in projects such as those previously mentioned.
  • That new educational representatives will be trained in how best to negotiate and introduce these types of improvements and innovations to staff at all levels in a cooperative manner.